Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea (41) watches from the sidelines in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Kansas City 45-44. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency 2014: San Francisco 49ers sign Antoine Bethea to four-year deal


After being rumored to be after Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea, the San Francisco 49ers have gone ahead and locked him up to t a four-year deal. According to Matt Barrows from the Sacramento Bee, the Niners have reached an agreement with Bethea and will sign him to a new contract as soon as he lands in the Bay Area.

 

The move helps counteract the loss of Donte Whitner, who signed with the Cleveland Browns as soon as free agency opened. Given the lightning quick nature of the deal with Bethea, the Niners were expecting to lose Whitner and already and a replacement plan in place.

Adding the veteran Bethea is a great move by the Niners, as they’ve added another veteran presence both on defense and to mentor Eric Reid. Bethea may not be a young man anymore, but he’s clearly useful enough for the Niners to throw a nice sized long-term deal his way.

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